Writer Abburi Chaya Devi passes away

Well-known Telugu story writer and recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award Abburi Chaya Devi passed away at C.R. Foundation Hospital in Kondapur in the early hours of Friday.

She was 86 and had been ailing for some time from age-related problems.

Born into a conservative Brahmin family at Rajahmundry in 1933, Abburi Chayadevi did her MA in Nizam College in Hyderabad and became known for her feminist views. She penned many stories about the issues faced by women in middle class families and their struggles to overcome them.

Her husband Abburi Varada Rajeswara Rao is also a well-known Telugu writer. Some of her stories were translated into Hindi, Tamil, Marathi and Kannada. Some of her popular stories are ‘Bonsai Bathuku’, ‘Prayanam Sukhantam’, ‘Akhariki Aidu Nakshatralu’, and ‘Wood Rose’.

Chayadevi worked as Deputy Librarian at JNU, New Delhi, and took voluntary retirement in 1982. She also won Vasireddi Ranganayakamma award in 1993, and Telugu University’s best woman writer award in 1996 for her book, Mrythyunjaya.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao condoled the death of Chayadevi and recalled her contribution to Telugu literature.

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